Effective Report Writing for Fraud Examiners




CPE Credit: 8
Course Level: Overview
Prerequisite: None

Whether working with a client or as part of an internal investigation, communicating your findings is an important part of the fraud examination process. A written report provides not only a record of the investigation’s results, but can build credibility for your work. Learn to write an effective report during this one-day ACFE seminar. This instructor-led course will introduce you to the fundamentals of good report writing and enable you to clearly and effectively communicate the results of your investigation. 


Upcoming Courses 

Nashville, TN | October 26, 2016

Houston, TX | February 27, 2017


You Will Learn How To:  

Assess your audience and plan your report

Organize your report content to maximize readability

Incorporate visual aids to illustrate key points

Identify and address relevant legal issues in report writing

Write effective expert-witness reports

Avoid common mistakes when preparing reports

Who Should Attend:  

Certified Fraud Examiners and other anti-fraud professionals 

Business professionals who conduct interviews

Attorneys, legal professionals and law enforcement personnel

Controllers and corporate managers

Detectives and private investigators

Governance, risk management and compliance officers

Internal and external auditors, CPAs, CAs and forensic accountants

Loss prevention and security professionals

Business professionals, educators and students interested in the anti-fraud field


Members: $295
Non-Members: $395

CPE Credit


Field of Study
Communications and Marketing


Course Level



Advanced Preparation 



Delivery Method 


  Day One  
7:30-8:00 a.m.   Registration & Continental Breakfast   
8:00-9:20 a.m. 

Assessing Your Audience and Planning Your Report 

Fraud cases can be won or lost on the strength of the written report. This session will cover how to ensure your report speaks to those who will be reading it, from management to law enforcement to a jury. You will also learn valuable techniques for the planning stages of your report that will make the writing process more efficient and effective.

9:20-9:35 a.m.  Break 
9:35-10:55 a.m. 

Writing Fraud Examination Reports 

Report formats can vary widely, but using a report template as a starting point can help you include all relevant information and stay on track. In this session, you will walk through the organization and suggested components of a fraud examination report, as well as discuss how to best use visual aids to enhance your report’s content and presentation.

10:55-11:10 a.m.  Break  
11:10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 

Legal Considerations in Report Writing 

A good report should provide evidence against the fraud perpetrator, not the fraud examiner. This session will explore the most common ways a report can lead to legal liability for the examination team and how you can avoid them when compiling your case and writing your report.

12:30-1:30 p.m.  Group Lunch  
1:30-2:50 p.m. 

Expert Witness Reports 

Reports for expert witness engagements differ in several specific ways from general fraud examination reports. Learn the different types of expert witness reports, what to include in these documents, and best practices for writing reports when you’re engaged as an expert in a case.

2:50-3:05 p.m.  Break  
3:05-4:25 p.m.  

Improving Your Writing Skills 

Everyone—even the best writer—has room for improvement. Improving your writing skills will help you to better document your investigations and build your professional reputation. This session will help you brush up on your grammar, develop your professional writing style, and avoid common mistakes that can undermine the professionalism of your written communications.

Event Cancellation Policy 

Our cancellation policy is intended to keep costs low for attendees. Due to financial obligations incurred by ACFE, Inc. you must cancel your registration prior to the start of the event. Cancellations received less than 14 calendar days prior to an event start date are subject to a $100 administrative fee. No refunds or credits will be given for cancellations received on or after the start date of the event. Those who do not cancel and do not attend are responsible for the full registration fee.


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